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For Hard-to-Treat Depression, Brain Stimulation Can Ease Suicidal Thinking

For Hard-to-Treat Depression, Brain Stimulation Can Ease Suicidal Thinking

A specific type of non-invasive brain stimulation, known as rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation), can reduce suicidal thinking in a significant portion of people with hard-to-treat depression, according to a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. In fact, 40 percent of the study participants who underwent bilateral rTMS reported that they were no longer experiencing suicidal thoughts. The brain stimulation works by directing magnetic pulses at targeted areas of the brain. Suicidal thinking is a common symptom among people with a variety of mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. It is estimated that about 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a mental illness. The new findings give hope that, upon further evidence, rTMS may offer a new way to prevent suicide in people with hard-to-treat depression, as well as other mental illnesses. “This is one of the

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